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Calendar day; August 7, 2015

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Friday, the 7th of August, 2015 is the 219th day in 2015 and in the 32nd calendar week.
General Events:
International Beer Day
August 7, 2015 in the World
International Beer Day is observed on August 07, 2015. It is celebrated on the first Friday of every August. International Beer Day (IBD) was founded in 2007 in Santa Cruz, California. Since its inception, International Beer Day has grown from a small localized event in the western United States into a worldwide celebration spanning 207 cities, 50 countries and 6 continents.
Specifically, International Beer Day has three declared purposes: (1) To gather with friends and enjoy the taste of beer. (2) To celebrate those responsible for brewing and serving beer. (3) To unite the world under the banner of beer, by celebrating the beers of all nations together on a single day.
Participants are encouraged to give one another the ‘gift of beer’ by buying each other drinks, and to express gratitude to brewers, bartenders, and other beer technicians. In the international spirit of the holiday, it is also suggested that participants step out of their domestic/locally brewed comfort zone and sample a beer from another culture.
Where is Beer Day?
Worldwide
Purple Heart Day
August 7, 2015 in the USA
A decoration consisting of a purple, heart-shaped piece of silk having a narrow edge of silver stitched with the word Merit across the face, was created by General George Washington on August 7, 1782.   Considered to be the first official military combat badge of the United States Armed Forces, this is called the “Badge for Military Merit”.   The official successor decoration of the Badge of Military Merit is the Purple Heart.
Washington said the following regarding the Badge of Military Merit:
“The General ever desirous to cherish virtuous ambition in his soldiers, as well as to foster and encourage every species of Military merit, directs that whenever any singularly meritorious action is performed, the author of it shall be permitted to wear on his facings over the left breast, the figure of a heart in purple cloth, or silk, edged with narrow lace or binding.  Not only instances of unusual gallantry, but also of extraordinary fidelity and essential service in any way shall meet with a due reward.  Before this favor can be conferred on any man, the particular fact, or facts, on which it is to be grounded must be set forth to the Commander in chief accompanied with certificates from the Commanding officers of the regiment and brigade to which the Candidate for reward belonged, or other incontestable proofs, and upon granting it, the name and regiment of the person with the action so certified are to be enrolled in the book of merit which will be kept at the orderly office.  Men who have merited this last distinction to be suffered to pass all guards and sentinals which officers are permitted to do.  The road to glory in a patriot army and a free country is thus open to all.  This order is also to have retrospect to the earliest stages of war, and to be considered as a permanent one.”
Where is Purple Heart Day?
Nationwide USA
Twins Days Festival
August 7 – 9, 2015 in Twinsburg, Ohio
Twins Days Festival takes place from August 07 till August 09, 2015. It is celebrated each year on the first full weekend of August in Twinsburg, Ohio. Twins Days Festival is the largest annual gathering of biological twins and other multiples (e.g. triplets, quads) in the world. It was founded in 1976 by Revco’s Charles R. DeHaven.
The event has twin based contests, “talent” shows which is opened every year with the Star Spangled Banner sung by John and Jerry Starlet and signed in ASL by Jamie Maassen and Jodie Qualkinbush, and a parade along Ravenna Road and routinely draws thousands of participants from all over the United States.
A twin is one of two offspring produced in the same pregnancy. Twins can either be monozygotic (“identical”), meaning that they develop from one zygote that splits and forms two embryos, or dizygotic (“fraternal”) meaning that they develop from two eggs, each fertilized by separate sperm cells.
Where is Twins Days Festival?
Nationwide Twinsburg, Ohio
Historical Events on 7th August:
1461 – Ming Dynasty Chinese military general Cao Qin stages a coup against the Tianshun Emperor
1575 – Spanish troops conquer Oudewater, almost all inhabitants died
1714 – The Battle of Gangut: the first important victory of the Russian Navy during the Great Northern War against Sweden
1782 – George Washington first creates Purple Heart medal (original name Badge of Military Merit) as commander of the Continental Army
1802 – Napoleon orders re-instatement of slavery on St Domingue (Haiti)
1879 – The opening of the Poor Man’s Palace in Manchester
1927 – Peace Bridge between US & Canada dedicated
1930 – A large mob estimated at 2,000 lynch two young black men, Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith in Marion, Indiana
1933 – The Iraqi Government slaughters over 3,000 Assyrians in the village of Sumail. The day becomes known as Assyrian Martyrs Day
1940 – Largest amount paid for a stamp ($45,000 for 1 1856 British Guiana)
1944 – IBM dedicates the first program-controlled calculator, the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator (known best as the Harvard Mark I).
1947 – Thor Heyerdahl and his fellow adventurers aboard the Kon-Tiki reach the Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia after 101 days at sea crossing the Pacific Ocean
1950 – Police bar white players-Lou Chirban, Stan Mierko, & Frank Dyle, from playing in Negro League
1955 – Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor to Sony, begins selling its first transistor radios in Japan
1959 – Explorer 6 transmits 1st TV photo of Earth from space
1965 – Lee Kuan Yew, Prime Minister of Singapore signs a separation agreement with Malaysia, after 2 years of political union
1986 – Daniel Buettner, Bret Anderson, Martin Engel & Anne Knabe begin cycling journey of 15,266 miles from Prudhoe Bay Alaska to Argentina
1993 – Tropical storm Brett ravages Venezuela, 118 killed

 

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